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Claude Monet Autographed Letter Signed in French

Boldly penned ALS in French, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, March 26, 1891. Letter to art critic and Monet biographer Gustave Geffroy. In part (translated): “Jean just arrived from Rouen. Without examining him not questioning him on his illness, the doctor sent him home saying that he had had enough time off. A report will be written along those lines. That is stupid. I will write to Clemenceau. I’ll ask him to try one last request, hoping that if he wants to intervene personally on my behalf he will get the requested favor since we are really talking about a favor. Otherwise it is obvious that Jean, if he were totally ill, would not need any support. Talk to Clemenceau and let me know what he tells you and what he does.” In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Monet’s hand.

After decades of financial struggle, Monet’s fortunes finally began to change at the start of the 1890s. When Durand-Ruel displayed fifteen paintings from Monet’s haystacks series in early 1891, all sold within days, enabling him to finally buy his house at Giverny, along with the surrounding buildings and the land for his gardens, where he would spend most of the remainder of his life and create some of his most iconic paintings. Writing to art critic and author Gustave Geffroy, one of the earliest historians of the Impressionist movement, Monet angrily tells of a doctor’s flippant response to his son Jean’s ‘illness,’ while also hinting that it may be an excuse for some extended time off. Enlisting the help of their mutual friend and future Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, who would go on to lead France in the First World War, he charmingly plays the role of the concerned father. A bold and attractive letter connecting three important French figures of the day. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Claude Monet

 

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Marc Chagall Signed book Le Cirque D’Izis with a personal sketch

Signed book: Le Cirque D’Izis. Monte Carlo: Andre Sauret, 1965. Hardcover with dust jacket, 10 x 13, 171 pages. Signed and inscribed on the title page in black ballpoint, “Pour mon ami Jean, Chagall 1966,” with Chagall adding a great color-highlighted sketch of a man holding a flowering branch, more than likely Jean. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG+/VG+. A wonderfully personal and well-detailed original artwork. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Marc Chagall

 

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Reaching for the Stars by Alan Bean Signed By 24 Astronauts

Limited edition color 26.5 x 33.5 textured canvas print entitled ‘Reaching for the Stars by Alan Bean,’ AP119/150, signed in blue felt tip by 24 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab programs. Signers are: Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Jim McDivitt, Wally Schirra, Richard Gordon, Walt Cunningham, Bill Anders, Rusty Schweickart, Buzz Aldrin, Charles Conrad, Alan Bean, James Lovell, Fred Haise, Edgar Mitchell, Al Worden, Charlie Duke, Gene Cernan, Tom Stafford, Paul Weitz, Owen Garriott, Jack Lousma, Jerry Carr, Ed Gibson, and Bill Pogue. Framed, without glass, to an overall size of 38 x 31.5. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Bill Pogue stating this print is from his personal collection. Oversized. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

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Posted by on December 29, 2013 in Alan Bean

 

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John Lennon Maclen Ltd. Business Check

Rare Maclen (Music) Ltd. business check, 8 x 4, filled out in another hand and boldly signed by Lennon, payable to Audiotek for £156-15-0, July 7, 1970. In fine condition, with punch and staple holes to top edge, a small red ink cancellation through a single letter of signature, and expected stamps, none detracting from the overall impressive size and crispness of the signature. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo. Lennon had left the Beatles the previous September and was working on his debut solo album, which would be released in late 1970. Lennon checks are quite uncommon, particularly those drawn from his publishing company, with this one boasting a signature almost 4.5″ long. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in John Lennon

 

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Metropolitan Police 1961 John F. Kennedy Inauguration Badge

Two items: rare official Metropolitan Police special-issue brass badge for Kennedy’s inauguration on January 20, 1961, measuring approximately 2.25 x 3, reading: “Metropolitan Police / D. C. / Inauguration of / John F. Kennedy / Lyndon B. Johnson / 1961.” Shield-shaped badge design is topped with an eagle and features an image of the US Capitol in high relief. Reverse bears a pin and clasp fastener. Also includes a rare General Services Administration Public Building Service pass, number 13739, 3 x 2.25, authorizing Sidney R. Carpenter to enter “Room 105, Old Post Office building for the purpose of viewing the Inaugural Parade. No other authority is conferred by this pass.” Due to the small size of the viewing area, only individuals of significant military or civilian GSA rank were given these passes, making them quite rare. Badge is in very fine condition; pass is in very good condition, with moderate overall toning, toned tape affixed to top and bottom, and a punch hole to upper right corner. The consignor notes that his father was friends with John Layton, chief of the Washington police, who gave the family a pair of these badges as mementos of the day. The Metropolitan Police began issuing these special inauguration badges in 1937, which marked FDR’s second inaugural event, and the tradition has continued to the present day; these badges in general are in limited supply and prized by collectors, with the 1961 version being one of the most desirable. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John Lennon Signed book In His Own Write

Signed book: In His Own Write. Later printing. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7, 78 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page, “To Susan, Lots of love from John Lennon xxx,” adding a sketch of an unusual face under his signature. Front pastedown is signed and inscribed by songwriter Lionel Bart. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: G+/None. Signature may very well originate from the Foyles Luncheon which was held in honor of the book’s publication, as Bart was in attendence as well. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on December 26, 2013 in John Lennon

 

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Henri Matisse Signed Postcard Photo

Vintage 5.5 x 3.5 postcard photo of Matisse meeting Nana Winding, with one of his works visible in the background, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, in French (translated): “To Mrs. Nana Winding cordially, Henri Matisse 23/5 39.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a 7 x 5 pearl-finish enlargement of the photo, notated on the reverse in type and in Winding’s hand. Winding was a friend and occassional subject of other artists, including Pierre Bonnard, Marie Vassilieff, and Matisse. Signed photos of the artist are quite scarce. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Henri Matisse

 

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Babe Ruth Excellent fountain pen signature

Excellent fountain pen signature, “Sincerely, Babe Ruth, 3-9-42,” on an off-white book page. Double-matted and framed with a portrait of Ruth in his Yankees road uniform to an overall size of 12.25 x 19. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA, which notes an inscription to the page as well, which has been tastefully matted out in the presentation. A fantastic signature acquired by a lucky fan, most likely during one of Ruth’s many personal appearances on behalf of the war effort. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Babe Ruth

 

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AC/DC Highway to Hell Album Signed

Highway to Hell album signed on the front cover in blue ballpoint, “Bon AC/DC,” “Angus Young AC/DC,” “Malcolm,” “Phil AC/DC,” and “Cliff Williams AC/DC.” Moderate contrast to several of the signatures, including Scott’s, and some light creases, otherwise fine condition. The record is included. Due to Scott’s tragic death in early 1980, items signed by the legendary vocalist are exceptionally rare and highly sought after among rock collectors. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in AC/DC

 

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Ludwig van Beethoven Autograph musical manuscript

Extraordinarily important autograph sketchleaf for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, one page both sides, 11 x 9.5, no date, but circa 1820–21. In ink and pencil, Beethoven pens his ideas for the Sanctus, Benedictus, and Gloria sections of the Missa Solemnis. The earliest material, written on both sides in ink, is for the Sanctus and consists of modulatory material in D major in 3/4 time—a notable difference from the finished work, which is in 2/4. Beethoven added the pencil portions of the manuscript later, likely after he began carrying this page as a pocket leaf (as evidenced by its vertical fold). The composer was known to always carry paper in his coat pocket while outdoors so that he could jot down musical ideas as they came to him; in these instances, pencil was his preferred writing instrument. The passages in pencil on staves three through six on the front make up part of the Gloria, representing a powerful passage in the fugue where the sopranos take up the fugue theme in augmented rhythmic values. The Benedictus occupies the lower half of the reverse, identified in Beethoven’s own hand as “2te Theil Benedict,” also noting the key as E major. In very good condition, with a central vertical fold, various edge chips and small tears, and two small toned tape remnants to edges of the front. Accompanied by a report from musicologist William Kinderman discussing the piece. Provenance: Sotheby’s, London, December 5, 1996.

Unknown until 1996, this manuscript was discovered among the papers of Anton Schindler, Beethoven’s private secretary and earliest biographer. Schindler added a few ink and pencil marginal notations, labeling the piece along the bottom of the front (translated): “Sketch for the Sanctus of the Second Mass in 3/4 meter.” He also identifies the sketches on the reverse in the left border (translated): “Idea for the Benedictus of the Second Mass.” Respected Beethoven scholar William Kinderman describes this sketchleaf as ‘a noteworthy source that documents the genesis of the Sanctus as well as aspects of the genesis of the Benedictus and the Gloria.’ This manuscript represents a stage in the development of the Missa Solemnis where the opening section and tonal balance begin to resemble the completed composition, despite the disparity in meter.

During Beethoven’s lifetime, the Missa Solemnis was widely considered his masterpiece. It was this work to which he dedicated the most time and intense effort, working on it over the course of four years. In a letter of 1819, Beethoven wrote, ‘The day when a High Mass of mine is performed in honor of the solemnities…will be the most delightful of my life,’ and in 1822 called the Missa Solemnis his ‘greatest work.’ The piece is even present in the most famous image of Beethoven, an 1820 portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, which shows the composer holding a pencil above his notebook labeled ‘Missa Solemnis.’ A remarkable piece, rarely does an item arise that offers such great insight into the creative process of genius—essentially unmatched in magnificence, this Beethoven manuscript is a true historical treasure. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Ludwig van Beethoven

 

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